In case you all haven’t noticed, we added a new blogger to Selenian Boondocks today.Â Many of you will recognize John Hare as a long-time commenter on Selenian Boondocks.Â I can’t remember how long ago I first ran into John on the internet, but I think it was back when I was still an undergrad at BYU.Â At that time, I was going through my Minimum Cost Design fetish (hey, I was a Manufacturing Engineering student–when you’re a hammer…nails…you get the idea).Â Then John comes along and asked me an impertinent question.Â Something along the line of “are you really sure that a low-cost pump couldn’t be made that would be more cost effective than a pressure fed stage?” That was about the point where I started realizing that my naive take on MCD was missing the bigger picture.
John wasn’t the only one who led me on the slippery slope from being a mass-produced big dumb booster fan to the RLV guy I am today, but he was definitely one of the people who nudged me in that direction at the right time.
John’s a great guy.Â I almost ended up working with him and Len Cormier and a few others back before my mission (I think it may have been in the startup he was referring to in his earlier post).Â And John’s been a great help ever since.Â He helped prod me into going to that first Space Access back in 2003, where I met Dave Masten and the other guys I helped start MSS with.Â John’s one of those guys who excels at thinking outside of the box.Â In fact, as a mutual friend once put it, sometimes John can’t even find the box. But many of his ideas have been really good.Â He was the one that clued me in to the idea of air-launched glideforward TSTOs, for instance.
I’m glad John accepted my invitation, and am glad to have another blogger here in our group.Â We won’t always agree on everything, but I think adding a little extra diversity to this blog will help.
Welcome to the blog John!
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